Project Orion: CD Projekt RED’s Next Big Thing After Cyberpunk 2077?

6 October, 2023 - 11:42 am (55 days ago)
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CD Projekt RED, the genius behind powerhouses such as The Witcher series and Cyberpunk 2077, has made a mark in the gaming industry with a whopping 100 million units sold across these two flagship franchises. As we see the sun set on significant updates for Cyberpunk 2077, with its last major expansion, Phantom Liberty, the company strategically moves its focus to its next grand project: Project Orion.

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The Perspective Puzzle: First-Person or Not?

Cyberpunk 2077’s notable first-person perspective was a deliberate deviation from The Witcher’s third-person viewpoint. This choice, as iterated by quest director Paweł Sasko, has not only become an identity for the Cyberpunk series but has also provided a unique distinction from other gaming experiences.

The decision surrounding this perspective for Project Orion remains in the balance. While it’s clear that the first-person view has been a selling point for Cyberpunk 2077, the final call for its successor is yet to be taken.

Anticipation Builds for Project Orion

All eyes are on Project Orion as it dives into the conceptual design phase. Under the visionary guidance of Gabe Amatangelo, the same mastermind behind Phantom Liberty, the game is poised to further explore the vast potential of the Cyberpunk universe. As development steers ahead, CD Projekt RED plans to leverage a global team. By 2024, the game’s development will see hands from both North America and Poland, ensuring a diverse and experienced team is onboard.

It’s worth noting that Project Orion is set to run on Unreal Engine 5, hinting at compatibility with the latest consoles and PC, although official platforms are yet to be announced.

The monumental success of CD Projekt RED’s past titles sets a high bar for Project Orion. With a proven track record and an experienced team at the helm, expectations are sky-high. As CD Projekt RED navigates this new journey, fans and gaming enthusiasts alike will be keenly waiting to see if the company can redefine the benchmarks it set with its previous masterpieces.

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